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Lobaton's three-run homer puts Nats ahead in Game 2

Lobaton's three-run homer puts Nats ahead in Game 2

For all the concern about the Nationals’ offense in the playoffs without Wilson Ramos, his replacement provided their biggest hit thus far in the postseason.

With two on and two out in the bottom of the fourth inning, catcher Jose Lobaton launched a 1-1 curveball from Dodgers starter Rich Hill curveball to left field to give the Nats a 3-2 lead in Game 2 of the NLDS. 

The homer provided a much-needed jolt to a Washington lineup that had struggled to get anything going off Hill. Manager Dusty Baker said prior to the game he chose to go with Lobaton behind the dish over rookie Pedro Severino because of the former's career success against the Dodgers lefty. Through five innings, the Nats' skipper is looking wise for doing so. 

Hill was chased from the game an inning later after Daniel Murphy's RBI single to extend the lead to 4-2. If the Nats can hold on, it will be their first home playoff win since 2012. 

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Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and widely considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Tim Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Single-A baseball prospect for the New York Mets.

That enough should tell you all you need to know about how an encounter between the two would fare. But considering Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and despite him being the longest of longshots to crack an MLB roster, people flock to the interwebs to see how he's doing on the baseball diamond.

On Monday, he got a chance to step into the batter's box against Scherzer, who was making his first spring training start for the Nationals.

Pitch 1: 96 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Pitch 2: 97 MPH fastball — Looking

Pitch 3: 97 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Tebow faced Scherzer again later in the game, and managed to do only slightly better.

Scherzer struck him out on four pitches.

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

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